You may wonder why you should read a story from Jefferson County, Colorado. Well, I don’t live in Jefferson County either, but I do live in a school district in Colorado. You may also wonder why you should read this story if you don’t live in Colorado at all. Well, let me tell you. If this is happening in one school district, it’s happening in many, many more. I think these things are going on in many school districts around the country. The school boards talk about transparency, but sure don’t know how to be transparent.
The Board of Education in Jefferson County, Colorado sure doesn’t like Regan Benson trying to keep them honest. Her diligence in trying to find out what her county school district is spending tax payer money on is sure pissing them off. They make things difficult for her and her kids in any way they can. I can’t even list the number of things various school district employees have said and done to her and her family. I like her because she’s still speaking up. Regan’s dedicated to making sure that when her school district makes excuses for the poor education the kids are getting because the district doesn’t get enough money, that they’re telling the truth; and they don’t like it. The JeffCo school board does everything they can to make it difficult for Regan to attend public meetings. They want her to stop talking. After meeting her, and reading her articles, I’m sure she’s not going to stop making them accountable for the taxpayer money they receive.
Now, here’s the reason I think you should read Regan’s article. It may help you find a way to check on your own school board in your local area. You may realize there are real problems where you’re kids go to school and no one’s speaking up about it. Well it’s time for all of us to check out our districts and make sure our kids are getting the best education possible. If they’re not, speak up about it. These bloated government agencies count on us being silent, but if moms don’t speak up, who will.
Here’s some of what Regan found in her school district:
[…]The Jeffco School Board along with the superintendent, were being led by a facilitator from the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB). Prior to this meeting on March 23rd, this same facilitator met with the board in the same capacity for a total of 2.5 hours in November and December 2011. The school district, by way of the taxpayers has paid CASB $3016.90 for the 2.5 hours of this particular facilitator to provide, talk. The hourly conversion rate is in fact $1,206.76 for every hour of talk provided by this facilitator. There is no known reason to the general public as to the necessity for these services or who was responsible for coordinating such.
[…]Jeffco R1 financial transparency reflection of recent expenses paid to CASB:
- Legal Fees/Financial Support to CASB (these dollars are being used directly by CASB to fund the Lobato lawsuit which equates to taxpayer dollars being used to sue taxpayers into providing additional funding for public schools in Colorado)- $84,933.00
- Annual Fees for district membership to CASB – $28,613.00
- Consulting Services- $9,975
- CASB Conference Tickets- $3560.00
- CASB fall conference registration- $2090.00
- Annual Fees for district membership to CASB- $27,792.00
The day was full of “chalk talk” on March 23rd. One might expect that if the general public were welcome at these public meetings, hearing the majority of talk by the five member board would be a compliment to good public service. However, it is often the case that the majority of time board members talk in their public study sessions, they do not use microphones and indicate fear of the general public actually being able to hear what is being talked about.
And that’s just a drop in the bucket. Regan has done some great research and there’s plenty of clear chicanery and non-transparency going on out there in JeffCo. How much is going on in your school district?
Check out the rest of Regan’s article here.
This article is great! J. Christian Adams is someone I really admire for his testimony before congress and his honesty in telling what he saw in the Obama Administration and the DOJ.
Here’s just a taste of what he’s written in this article:
America is not a land where thugs should be allowed to threaten free Americans who have been charged with no crime. Seminole County, Florida, is not Ox-Bow Canyon, where resolutions come quick by murderers with rope and a tree.
We can thank Eric Holder in part for the disgusting bravado we’ve seen from these lawless thugs over the last few days. Not only did his DOJ drop the voter intimidation charges against them, the DOJ refuses to bring what appears to be slam dunk felon-in-possession gun charges against one member.
The New Black Panthers act like they are above the law because so far they have been.
Americans are taking renewed notice of the New Black Panthers and the politicians who have enabled them. What sort of country have we become that racist uniformed thugs can stalk polls and threaten free citizens with mob arrest and murder? Is this a post-racial America, or a wicked reminder of a lawless age we thought we had moved beyond forever?
Are We All Just Pawns in the Game Being Played by the Media and Celebrities Like Spike Lee and Others?
But now, Spike Lee’s irresponsible and dangerous behavior, has really pissed me off. What he’s done is beyond reprehensible. I read yesterday that he had re-tweeted the address to George Zimmerman’s house, which is stupid enough. Now we find out it was the wrong address.
According to The Daily Caller:
The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket went to the address that Lee tweeted as members of the New Black Panther Party were offering a $10,000 cash reward for Zimmerman’s capture, “dead or alive,” and others were demanding his arrest.
“[T]he Edgewater Circle address Mr. Lee re-tweeted out is not part of the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes where the shooting took place and where Mr. Zimmerman lives,” Picket reported. “The area is not even a gated a community.”
“In fact, I took a drive to that Edgewater Circle address that so many on Twitter re-tweeted and cursed, and I discovered through a neighbor, named Tim, who lives across the street from the address, that not only does George Zimmerman not live at the lakeside house but a woman by the name of Elaine does,” Picket added.
Picket also said several news agencies have showed up at the address looking for Zimmerman, which – with the crowds the Panthers, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have whipped up into a frenzy – may have put the woman, Elaine, in danger.
I’ve also found another story in The Orlando Sentinel that talks about the address belonging to an elderly couple who have a son named William George Zimmerman. Here’s part of what that article had to say:
A school-cafeteria lunch lady and her husband have received hate mail, unwanted visits from reporters and fearful inquiries from neighbors — all because their Sanford-area address is being disseminated on Twitter as belonging to Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, her son said late Tuesday.
The woman has another son named William George Zimmerman who lived with her in 1995 and still lives in Central Florida. He is no relation to George Zimmerman, 28, who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Feb. 26, sparking national outrage and international interest.
William Zimmerman isn’t sure how his mother and stepfather’s address became public. He said he used it to register a car, get a drivers license and vote when he lived there briefly after college.
“This is really scary, and I’m concerned for my family,” Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel Tuesday night. “It’s scary because there are people who aren’t mentally right and will take this information and run with it.”
This story mentions Spike Lee’s tweet also. I don’t think Spike Lee should be able to just walk away from this without a second thought. He should be arrested. What he did was very irresponsible. As a celebrity, his words have power and influence and the things he says carry more weight. This gives him responsibility to use that power wisely. He had no right to tweet anyone’s private address, especially when there is so much heat around this issue. He didn’t even bother to see if it was the right address, although tweeting that would have been wrong too. Now with a $10,000 price on Zimmerman’s head, dead or alive, by the New Black Panthers, putting just any address out without knowing if it was correct, he could have been the reason an innocent woman or elderly couple might have been hurt. He shouldn’t just be able to walk away from this.
I’m sickened that he thought this was the right thing to do. What if those people had been hurt? The older couple needed to go into hiding. And why, with “several news agencies” showing up at this address, has the press not stressed that the address tweeted by Lee is the wrong address. They’re content to watch while this situation gets more riled up and they sit by idly fanning the flames, by sitting on any news that contradicts the meme that if it bleeds it leads. Maybe they’re just hoping for a riot, because its better financially for them if that should that happen. Continue reading →
After hearing about President Obama’s documentary love letter to himself, which I couldn’t bring myself to watch all the way through, I’m bringing you another video that explains where we’ve really been.
Talk about intellectual bankruptcy. Paul Krugman is intellectually and morally bankrupt. Okay, I don’t know if he’s morally bankrupt, but I’ve never liked him in any of the interviews I’ve seen him in. He sure has no leg to stand on by accusing anyone else of Intellectual Bankruptcy. His partial facts and misleading comments are not honest to the conversation the nation needs to have. The post by Steve Maley is so good and puts Mr. Krugman on notice that we won’t be fooled by strawman arguments and phony statistics. I may not be the smartest person around, but I know crap when I see it flung around, and believe me Krugman flings crap.
Check out Steve Maley’s post at Red State:
As for the employment statistics, “lazy” and “inept” are two words that come to mind.Although he doesn’t cite a source, Dr. Krugman has apparently relied on the database of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Indeed, the industry subsector called “Oil and Gas Extraction: NAICS 211″, (part of the Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction sector) shows the gain in jobs he describes, from roughly 120,000 jobs in 2004 to about 190,000 now. And he apparently stopped there.
190,000 jobs? Doesn’t that seem kinda low for an industry that comprises 8% or so of the economy?
That’s just part of an article that points out the glaring flaws in Paul Krugman’s op-ed “Natural Born Drillers“. For someone who is supposed to be so smart, it’s pretty easy to find the flaws(big, glaring errors) in his logic. He finds statistics that fit his meme. In fact, after reading his op-ed, I see he never says where he got his statistics. I’m sure he thinks no one will check up on him. After all, he’s won the Nobel Prize for economics. Obviously he knows more than all the Americans who are just living there lives. We just manage to balance our budgets, choose common sense ways to handle our personal economics, run our homes and raise our children. All without his Ivy League education or a Nobel Prize in economics for his brilliant mind. We normal Americans manage to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
I don’t want to include a quote from Krugman’s op-ed, because I can’t find one paragraph that doesn’t make me want to scream. I know he would think I’m just some uneducated housewife, incapable of understanding his staggering intellect. I’m sure he would talk down to me the same way it seems he is talking down to and about Republicans. What he doesn’t seem to understand is that Americans are not morons. We understand more than he thinks we do, unfortunately for him. We can see his obfuscating when he tries to explain anything to the “little” people. He certainly does have his own opinion and he’s not afraid to express it. You can check out his op-ed if you want to. Just click here.
Have you seen President Obama’s new “The Road We’ve Traveled” video? (aka “Why I’m the Greatest President Ever…”) In it Tom Hanks (yes, THAT Tom Hanks) says:
“Not since the days of Franklin Roosevelt had so much fallen on the shoulders of one president. Now when he faced his country who looked to him for answers, he would not dwell in blame or dream in idealism.”
And he says it with all sincerity too!
WHAT THE @#%&?!? How many times have we heard Mr. Obama say “I inherited…” or “Bush’s fault…” or some variance of those statements in the last three years? TOO MANY TO COUNT to my thinking! But “he would not dwell in blame” – BULL$HIT! DON’T LIE TO US! If we like you and what you’ve done, we’ll vote for you; if we don’t, we won’t! Simple as that… BUT QUIT BULL$HITTING US! WE DESERVE BETTER FROM YOU AS OUR LEADER!
And even though Hanks says it, Obama’s re-election campaign is behind this thing and happily gloss over all the bad stuff while high-lighting the stuff their proud of.
Why isn’t there ANYBODY running for president this year I can get behind and honestly support whole heartedly?
WE DESERVE BETTER DAMN IT!!!
“The Road We’ve Traveled” video:
What we see on the news is Attorney General Eric Holder telling the American people there’s no need for Americans to show ID to vote. In fact, he says, to do so would be racist. He assures us that there is really no problem with voter fraud. Really?
The head of the NAACP travels to Geneva to meet with the UN Council about Texas’ voter ID laws. Do we really need some outside organization telling us what to do? Plus, the UN has really no moral authority to tell us what to do. Look at the countries and people they ignore and they’re supposed to choose Texas voter ID laws.
I have to show ID in my state if I want to vote. It’s not that hard to do. In fact, I have to show ID for many things I need to do in life.
I know AG Holder thinks there’s nothing to see here. No problem…No problem at all. Watch the following video and tell me what you think.
ProjectVeritas.com Investigation. Election officials advise no ID necessary to register Timothy Tebow and Thomas Brady to vote in Minnesota. Absentee ballots are discussed, voter registration forms are given out, and Election officials blow the whistle on potential fraud in their own state.
“A satirical and slightly sarcastic look at a typical conversation between the parent of a child with special needs and an official from the school district who isn’t quite getting it.”
Created by the Special Education Attorneys at Frankel & Kershenbaum.
Now if we could only reach the common sense of all the other mayors. The propaganda has just been too good for Agenda 21. Oh, and most people have never heard of Agenda 21. I hadn’t heard of it until just a few months ago. Check out my other posts about Agenda 21 on this blog.
The city of Irving, Texas has officially withdrawn its membership from ICLEI — the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. This NGO was established in 1990 and is the action division of the policies laid out under the UN’s Agenda 21 plan — the globalist initiative to usher in a post-industrial world for the 21st century through the creation of local laws and requirements for city planning that essentially erase personal property rights and even steal land under a “sustainable” umbrella.
On ICLEI’s own website (under the “Programs” section), they state, “Our campaigns, programs, and projects promote Local Agenda 21 as a participatory, long-term, strategic planning process that addresses local sustainability while protecting global common goods.” Cities pay dues in order to obtain direction from ICLEI in establishing local policy and law. This is a violation of the Constitution, Article 1, Section 10: “No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance or Confederation…” ICLEI receives funding by the David Rockefeller Fund, United States EPA, etc. ICLEI targets mayors — in the ‘Cool Mayor‘ program, and other local officials to implement Agenda 21. (Source)
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